Why Now Is the Worst Time to Respond to the Paris Attacks

Michael Bond | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK
Michael Bond

People do things when they're angry and scared that they live to regret. This is an everyday truth, but when the deeds are done by governments the consequences can be calamitous.

How to Beat the Bullies

Professor Ewan Gillon | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Ewan Gillon

The most important thing is to stay healthy as this will mean you're firing on all cylinders physically, emotionally and psychologically when facing the bully. Bullies crave an emotional response so do your best to remain calm and rational, no matter how upset you may be feeling inside.

The Blank Slate, Still Intellectual Ammo After 13 Years

Thomas Moorton | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Tech
Thomas Moorton

Morally the blank slate is indefensible as well as intellectually. Is it better to say that discrimination is wrong because everyone is indistinguishable, or that we have free will because people's actions are mysterious? Well no Dr. Pinker rightly points out.

EVA Park: a Virtual World to Help With Speech Recovery

Lucy Maddox | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Tech
Lucy Maddox

The team at City University London have created an online multi-user virtual world set on an island called EVA Park that lets people with aphasia practise communicating. Each person in the virtual world is represented by an avatar.

Comparing Down: A Life Lesson From Maximum Security Prison

Dr Paul Wood | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK
Dr Paul Wood

One of the most useful skills I learnt during over a decade in prison was to be thankful that things weren't even worse. In psychology this is known as comparing down and helps make you grateful for what you have. Comparing down was a skill that I learnt in New Zealand's toughest maximum-security prison, Paremero.

Raising Happy Children

Professor Ewan Gillon | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Parents
Professor Ewan Gillon

Every parent wants their child to grow up to be a happy and confident adult so it's a sobering thought that half a million children in the UK are dealing with anxiety or depression. These issues can often develop as a result of low self-esteem, and the impact of social media on youngsters' self-confidence is being widely debated as a result.

Is Living in the City Bad for Our State of Mind?

Lucy Maddox | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Tech
Lucy Maddox

The geotagging - which says where you are - can then be used to compare with existing mapping data to see whether you are in a deprived or affluent area, whether there are many trees or rivers nearby, and even what levels of pollution there are.

Addiction - Why Connection Could Be Part Of The Solution

Martine Booth | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK
Martine Booth

Ask people to name something that you can become addicted to and of course straight off the bat the two most popular answers will probably be drugs an...

Betting on Blue

Lewis Worrow | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lewis Worrow

It is now more important than ever to pay attention to the key details, all too often we overlook the obvious. What is key to understand is that colour is one of the most important parts in what makes up our experience and if an individual or business can refine their understanding of the subject then they can build a very successful brand.

Getting Tough on Enabling

Sonja Lewis | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

Practising tough love is ... well, tough, particularly when in difficult circumstances; at least, it is for many people in parts of my world. In other parts, exercising tough love comes a bit more easily. Some folk are more practical than others. Their mantra: if a lesson isn't taught, it can't be learned.

Dreaming of More Sleep? Tips on How to End the Nightmare of Sleep Deprivation

Professor Ewan Gillon | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Ewan Gillon

It might seem obvious but always sleep in a darkened room. Light inhibits the secretion of melatonin, a hormone that naturally promotes sleep. Any artificial light after dark can send wake-up messages to the brain.

12 Classic Things Any Psychology Student Could Relate To

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Nguyen | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Are you a Psychology major and frequently asked if you could read people's mind? If the answer is yes, you're definitely not alone. And that's jus...

Three Surprising Reasons Why Emotional Pain Is Power

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mohadesa Najumi

Your pain is a part of you, it will never leave you. But how you view your pain is negotiable and changing your framework for how you register emotions could be the first step in gaining emotional intelligence.

Compassion: Universally Misunderstood

Professor Paul Gilbert OBE | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Paul Gilbert OBE

People can be frightened of compassion because they think it is a weakness or an indulgence. This is largely because they don't understand it and don't recognise the enormous value in realising the causes of suffering, and our own fragility.

Teenagers: Moody, Lazy and Pretty Amazing

Marc Smith | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Parents
Marc Smith

It's not that teenagers engaging is risky behaviours think they're invincible - they are fully aware of risky behaviours like smoking and drinking, it's just that they are more influenced by the risk perceptions of other teenagers and less by those of adults.

Why I Love Addicts (And You Should Too)

Jojo Furnival | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

Does depression/anxiety cause addiction, or is it the other way around? I think of Luke, Rick and Bjorn, and the many others I met and became friends with during my stay at New Life, and I wonder, did anyone think to ask them?

Do You See What I'm Saying? The Link Between Visual Culture and Empathy

Debbi Evans | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Tech
Debbi Evans

People who are actively engaged in social media - and young people in particular - are constantly aware of their audience and their role as entertainers. Images leave much unsaid and open to interpretation, so their meaning and intention can be defended in line with audience feedback and the threat of social shame.

The Psychology of 'Doctor Who'

Dr Sarita Robinson | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Dr Sarita Robinson

Although the Doctor appears to have a remarkable intellect, the Doctor does show a number of very human failings which might actually remind you of a certain sub-species of human. The Doctor can be grumpy, sulky, indecisive, engage in risky behaviours which place both him and his companions in danger as well as having quite an extreme sense of fashion.

Survival Guide for a Stress-Free Exam Results Day

Professor Ewan Gillon | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Parents
Professor Ewan Gillon

To help distract your child's attention away from exam results, perhaps suggest going out for a walk or for lunch or encourage them to spend time doing something they enjoy whether that's shopping or going out with friends.

Are You Who They Say You Are?

Dr Paul Wood | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Wood

Studies show that the words we use to describe what we see, determines what we see. I encourage you to be mindful about the labels you give yourself and the labels you give others. They may be words, but these words transform into images in the mind, which can become self-fulfilling prophecies.

I Don't Do 'Perfect' When It Comes to Hoovering!

Dr Toby Silverton | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Toby Silverton

I gave up perfectionism decades ago! What a relief. However, I will unapologetically try for 'perfect' on some things, like making sure there are no typos in this article. (Now I know for sure some perfectionist out there is going to search for one...should I give them one?)

Can't Help Won't - Pathological Demand Avoidance SyndromeΩ

Neil Ayres | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Parents
Neil Ayres

A complex syndrome on the autism spectrum is receiving increasing attention from researchers and educators - those with the condition and their families hope that front-line clinicians won't be far behind.

Six Essential Factors That School Never Taught You About Yourself!

Sunita Pattani | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sunita Pattani

According to the Dalai Lama, all people have one thing in common: they want to be happy. And it is true, all people do want to be happy - it's just that some of us partake in behaviours, that although may bring us some temporary relief, are also destructive to us in the long run.

Can Sports Psychiatry Really Help Athletes Like Andy Murray?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Andy Murray may be a favourite to take home the title of Wimbledon Champion 2015, but he's found a way to keep a cool head. In an interview with Th...

How Do We Look When We Are Sad? Time to Change's Campaign Against Head-Clutching

Lucy Maddox | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Maddox

It's a challenge to represent emotions that are often private in a way that can be understood quickly, but the photos of people with their head in their hands tend to be stereotypical and fairly hopeless.